Posted On: Saturday - February 22nd 2020 9:02PM MST
In Topics:   Educational Stupidity  Scams
Peak Stupidity has verbally beaten on the Schools of Education before, such as in our post "Advancements in Higher Education" past fall. That one was written after I'd read some BS, obviously lifted straight out of an Education Masters program textbook. describing the on-going education for elementary school kids. The stupidity described therein was in the use of many pseudo-technical terms that I don't (and don't want to) understand, much less the kids by the teacher in her one-sheet newsletter boasting of the fine learning process going on.
These ladies (as they are all, 100% of 'em) seem to be carrying on with their Masters work, as experiments on the kids. I don't mean that they are taking data and writing reports, as one could easily get in trouble nowadays for, like "judging the kids". It seems like they are simply taking their many years of "Education" education a bit too seriously, meaning, seriously. In the minds of schoolteachers now, they are "Professional Educators", so they've got to prove it those ideas from all their taxpayer-guaranteed-loan-supported Professional Education classes. The last thing they are up for is just straight-up teaching like some old-timey one-room schoolhouse lady, who never got her Masters.
The latest thing I noticed isn't from these newsletters, though they still come. No, I see the learning process being used by this particular teacher as being dragged out to Kingdom Come. The class is working on fractions. From the weeks and weeks of sheets of paper, I can see that the big concept in education here is to have the kids understand how to divide up polygons and see what 1/2 or 1/4 means. You know, that might be a good thing for one or two days. They get to color. Nope, no stickers, so that's disappointing to your average kid, but you get your coloring fix in.
That's fine for a day or two, but then get the hell ON it. Let them write out some fractions, get them started adding or subtraction them at least, what with the rules of only common denominators and all. Sure, you can use the polygons again to show them how this works, how 1/2 = 2/4 and so on. They can memorize the rules and understand them later, if it comes down to it.
Just get it done. These are bright kids and they will really start to get a bad impression of math if this drawing lines through rectangles goes on for the rest of the month. (And who has time, what with black history month and all? Many of the papers I've seen in February involve people I've never ever heard of, and I'm a guy with a blog!)
These teachers are beating this "understanding" process to death. I believe it would be a lot better if not a one of these elementary school teachers had ever set foot in an education class. They'd have been better off getting that BS and MrS at the same time. As we've discussed in our rants against feminism, there's no time like 22-30 years old to crank those little ones out, and a teaching job later goes along very well with raising kids older than toddlers.
I'm sure lots of these nice ladies really would have been happier to have avoided the whole stupid drudgery of the Ed. School themselves, but as I've written before, it's a big scam (with other embedded scams, such as the old great University textbook scam - 2nd time I fell for that this semester!). Women LUV LUV LUV kids of elementary school age in hopefully one of those green-on-schooldigger schools. Could they not be left to nurture them with common sense and the 3-R's, and leave that Ed-School crap behind? I mean, hopefully a BS provides enough knowledge to stay ahead of 5th graders, but I wouldn't put all my money on that now.
Nope, gotta get that loan and waste 1 to 4 years getting that piece of paper. ITS! THE! LAW!